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Bonus blog: The Governor's Cup

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I have used a phrase to describe my eventing, regularly, to justify my expectations of myself to "finish in an upright position, with a smile on my face, wanting to do it again."

That phrase is "I'm not a *real* runner". I have used specific races to justify this. The ones where, it is my contention, "The real runners show up for these." Two such races are the Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup. The Buffalo Run and the Governor's Cup are the only two track club sponsored events that give out age group prizes. For the Buffalo Run, the prize is a T-shirt (every participant gets running shorts, only the winners get the t-shirts). For the Governor's Cup it is money... or rather a gift certificate to the primary running store in town, which in my mind is as good as money. Every participant gets a running shirt, but only the top two in each age/gender group get a gift certificate.

At the Buffalo Run this year, I finished 4th in my "division"... just out of t-shirt range.

Today... well! First let me say it was Not what most runners would consider prime running weather. It was clear, not too breezy, but it was, face it, HOT for this time of year. The race started at 3 p.m. They sent off the 15K folks first, to get us around the capitol and off on our way before the 5K folks started. We share part of the course, you see, and they don't like to get folks too confused about where to go, right?

I chatted with other runners, tried to find myself a place where the "about 11 minute mile pace folks" would be lining up. Mantra to self: just another workout, run easy. Run SLOW. Don't trip on the cracks. Watch your footing. And keep putting one foot in front of the other. Repeat for 9.3 miles.

Some people run with ipods and ear buds. I run with just me and my thoughts. I run with observation of the people around me. But I pretty much ran my own race today. Slow, steady, walking only at the water stops. And I carried water on board, mindful of the heat: my camel back was full and jostling on my back.

Through the water stops, I pretty much gulped a mouthful or two and dumped the rest onto my shirt for temperature control. Camaraderie was great. I even had a little kick left to sprint (for me) across the finish, and I noted as I went along that I averaged about a 10 minute pace (final results showed it as 10:04) per mile. I felt really, really good about this outing. Now it's just a matter of MAINtaining fitness, and making sure I'm ready for the three miles more that is a half marathon in four weeks. emoticon

I figure the heat today was good training for Florida! And the Florida race is at least at a decent running hour... 7 a.m., right? Or is it 8? Whatever, it's morning!

Oh, and I can no longer say I'm not a real runner. Because I came home with a second place gift certificate. It doesn't quite cover my entry fee, but it will start me on the pair of shoes I want for that HM.

Oh, yeah, it's been a good day. emoticon

  
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GABY1948 10/20/2014 9:02AM

    I must not have been a "groupie" yet back then! You did emoticon and look how far you have come (in miles)!

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SWEDE_SU 10/23/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon emoticon you *are* a real runner! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2012 8:16PM

    Hurray hurray hurray: second place in a "real race"!! That makes you a "really real runner", right???

Soooooo cool. Hope you get a great new pair of runners: they'll inspire you in Florida!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2012 2:55PM

    WooHoo! Congratulations!!!


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MNTWINSGAL 10/21/2012 11:33PM

    Well, congrats! I'm not paying attention, or I would have wished you good luck before the race. Clearly, you didn't need it! You Rock!

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LESLIELENORE 10/21/2012 10:28PM

    How awesome! emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 10/21/2012 9:44PM

    "Good" barely describes your day. "Great!, Tremendous!, Impressive!, Shoes!" Now those are better. What an achievement! Every body used up the good icons, so I just say "congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:31PM

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Wow 10 min per mile! Sounds fast to me! Why it sounds like a *runner* to me!
Welcome to the big time! No more 'gimmies' for you!
You are amazing Barb!! You got that marathon coming up!!!

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MOBYCARP 10/21/2012 9:01PM

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Be careful; those age group awards are addictive!

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KARIDIAN1 10/21/2012 8:50PM

    Congrats on a great run. You made it and placed to boot.

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-STARRYEYED- 10/21/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticon So cool that you will be able to get shoes for the half marathon! Thanks so much for your blogs. You are so inspirational!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2012 8:40PM

    Good job!!!!!!! HUGS

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 8:15PM

    Fantastic! Yup, you've achieved Runner status! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:58PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, BARB!!! You are a runner, oh, yeah! That was a great time and a great run.

I'm pretty sure we do start at 7am; I'll look it up soon. It may be hot. Probably will be. We'll be fine. I can do a 5K @ 10 minutes per mile, but I haven't been training near that fast. Hope we can find a pace that is good for both of us. I'm sure we can. Take care. Can't wait!!

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CEHALLA 10/21/2012 7:53PM

    congratulations on your 10 minute miles! You are so humble, barely mentioning at the end of the post that you won 2nd place! Feel free to shout from the rooftops--You are a Real Runner!

I'm really happy for you. I'm currently working on becoming some kind of a runner. And I'm happy for 15 minute miles at this point!

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LAURIE5658 10/21/2012 7:44PM

    Barb, it was a banner day for you!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/21/2012 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Oh my goodness--You really did well! Whatta day you had! You really are something else!! I'm impressed----And you sound so happy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon --Lynda

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The ABC's of motivation: personal

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today, let's get personal! As a word, that is. My trusty Webster's tells me that something is personal (it's an adjective, after all), it is "1 of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual".

WELL! I can't think of anything much more personal than the motivation to live a healthier, fitter more nourished life! We each one of us has reasons, deep in our hearts, why we want to do this. It could be rooted in love for our families. It could be rooted in a sense of mission or purpose (another great p word). It could be somewhere tied up in our sense of identity (I AM a fit person, no matter what my current body state). It could even be self-identified as something we don't want to share: vanity, or whimsey, or whatever, shallow?

But the important thing about motivation and it being personal is that what motivates me might not motivate you, and vice versa. It does not matter! Don't let anybody tell you your personal motivation isn't worthy of the struggle! It is. Why? Because you as a human being are worthy of it.

Here's the deal: it can change over time! My reasons for wanting to be fit and healthy today are not the same as they were 30 or 40 years ago. Today it's about feeling good for the time I have remaining on the planet, whether that be one day or fifty more years. Perhaps that is a function of where each of us in our sojourn on the planet, but there 'tis. Pass it on. Pass on the message of worthiness. The message of purpose, place, and value.

And pull that motivation out, hold it close to your heart... that prize you want? It's yours for the effort you put in. Go get it today! Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:37PM

    You are personally showing us how to get motivated and inspired by goals you set for yourself, and mulling it all out in thought provoking blogs! YOU ought to be writing for Sparkpeople!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    You have to do what works for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:47PM

    "Feeling good for the time I have remaining on this planet..." I hadn't thought of it exactly like that, but yes, that is definitely a great motivation! The exercise and the good eating does make you feel really good. Thanks for another great blog and reminding me of some important truth.

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DALID414 10/21/2012 7:31PM

    Some have told me I take things personal, well DUH if they're happening to ME they ARE personal!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:02PM

    I absolutely agree that my motivation changes . . . not just over the decades, but over the week even now, and sometimes even minute by minute. From the deeply serious/spiritual to the absolutely trivial and superficial. It's all fuel for the hard work that MAINtenance requires!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2012 1:49PM

    You put a good deal of thought into this and
it was a great motivating article for me.
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LINDAKAY228 10/21/2012 12:13PM

    Another great blog! Each person's journey is personal and individual. We have to make it our own personal journey and not what someone else is doing, even though we share a lot of similar ideas and goals.

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ANDI571 10/21/2012 9:18AM

    Words of wisdom. Sometimes we let what others are doing influence us to the point we forget what our own journey entails. Thanks for the reminder that we have to our ownself be true. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/21/2012 9:12AM

    Good pep-talk to start this day! emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/21/2012 8:34AM

    Motivation is a struggle for me--but Spark friends , such as yerself, certainly pull me along---Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2012 8:11AM

    AMEN! I have only been "spaking" for 2 yrs. ( 3 in Feb.) and for sure the motivation is very personal and evolving with each new phase of the journey! Excellent blog!! THANK YOU! Hugs

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NEW-CAZ 10/21/2012 8:03AM

    Wonderful inspiring blog again Barb, you have the gift of motivating others emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 7:16AM

    Personal motivation! great blog...thank you again for your thoughtful posts. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/21/2012 7:15AM

    You great motivator, you!

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The ABC's of motivation: opportunity

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today's word is opportunity. According to my version of Webster's, this is "1 a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time 2 a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself".

What could be a more fit time than TODAY? Or NOW? Thing about opportunity is that when it arises, we have to be ready for it! An opportunity to take a trip, or meet someone special, or participate in a joint event... those things happen when they happen. If we don't prepare for them (like, say, for example... that half marathon in a month) we are not able to take advantage of them!

So here's to the opportunities in life to grab a little of whatever motivates us. To be on the lookout for things that can move us in the direction of a healthy life, body, mind and spirit! Because life is good, a fit life better, a healthy one... the best!

Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:04PM

    True in the short term (parking further from the door, or walking instead of driving) and in the long term (grabbing that opportunity to get ready for winter skiing . . . ).

Yeah. I'm gonna be opportunistic!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/20/2012 10:58PM

    Opportunities are all over, you just need to pick the ones you want.

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DALID414 10/20/2012 1:59PM

    Cheers to Opportunity!!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/20/2012 12:41PM

    You are SO right!! Be awake to opportunities and prepared! It is very motivating to set select an event to prepare for. And it is really cool when an unexpected event comes along and you can do it, because you are prepared!! -Marsha

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JACKIE542 10/20/2012 12:27PM

    Absolutely, If we are not ready, many opportunities can pass us by! emoticon emoticon

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COMETER 10/20/2012 10:31AM

    The thing about opportunities, I find, is that they usually look like pains in the neck initially.

And the challenge we must face is to see them AS opportunities.

And then seize them, and learn from them.

I'm often struck by people's stories of learning and growth--they usually come from an unchosen "opportunity."

Spark on!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2012 10:11AM

    We definitely have to keep our eyes and ears atuned for opportunities! HUGS

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LEANJEAN6 10/20/2012 9:23AM

    Wouldn't it be great to have thje OPPORTUNITY to meet all our Spark friends?-Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 10/20/2012 8:48AM

    More pearls of wisdom! Seize the day! Don't let it slip by without doing at least one thing toward your healthy goal what ever it may be! Opportunity Opens the door!, you just have to go through it
Enjoy your weekend!

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CATLOVER110 10/20/2012 7:53AM

    You're so right that we have to be ready for it when it arises! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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NEW-CAZ 10/20/2012 7:42AM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 10/20/2012 7:30AM

    Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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DNRAE1 10/20/2012 6:37AM

    Opportunities abound, it's just up to us to grab them and make the best of them! SP is an opportunity to be motivated on a daily basis! Great blog! Have a great weekend. emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 10/20/2012 6:33AM

    Back at ya

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The ABC's of motivation: necessary

Friday, October 19, 2012

Today's word describes an aspect of motivation, that it is necessary to success.

My little Webster's tells me that something that is necessary "1 that cannot be dispensed with; essential; indispensable [the nutriments necessary to life]"

Well, motivation is necessary to living a healthy life, too. For some folks that motivation is inbred, seems they have no trouble making right choices. For those who lack the tools, they need the motivation to find them. For those of us with addictive personalities, we need the motivation to work our programs.

Every single time I have failed in maintaining a weight loss, it was motivation that slipped away. Fortunately for me, there are ways to nudge it back... hanging around positive people, those who also have to make health a priority has been very helpful to me. Spark has a lot of those folks... folks who never tire of hearing that we're starting anew, that we are having a crisis of motivation... and are here with a supportive word or two, including this stellar N-phrase:

"NEVER, ever, ever, give up!" Because, dear Spark friends... we are WORTH this effort. It is necessary to our very existence. And we have our lives to live! Which, remember, are GOOD! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 10/19/2012 9:50PM

    Remember Galaxy Quest? Never give up, never surrender!

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SUNNY332 10/19/2012 8:29PM

    Good one, my friend and I so agree.

Thanks! Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2012 6:54PM

    Necessary indeed! Actually I'd like to see a "motivators" category for maintainers . . . because that's what matters most.

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NIKKICOLE83 10/19/2012 1:56PM

    It is very necessary. I want to be a mother and knowing that this weight is holding me back not only makes it necessary, it make it urgent!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2012 11:34AM

    emoticon We ARE worth it! Thank you and HUGS!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/19/2012 10:11AM

    Thanks for another inspiring blog! I have often said losing weight for me is easy enough over all. Eat less. Move more. It is finding and keeping motivation that is my biggest challenge. SP and folks like you sure do help with that crucial factor. Thanks!

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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2012 10:01AM

    Prior to SP, my motivation always slipped away and I didn't have the support to help me get back up on the path again. Since finding SP in 2009 I've had some periods of lagging motivation but my support here has always helped me! Hooray for SP!

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LAURIE5658 10/19/2012 9:32AM

    Barb, this blog is what I am experiencing right now...a motivation crisis. My life has always been like a motivation roller coaster...up and down and all around. Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/19/2012 9:16AM

    Very inspiring. Very real. Very true. Another great blog, Barb!

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1935MARY 10/19/2012 9:13AM

    I needed this.Some times I feel like jumping of the train,but I stop and think of what I have accomplished on this short ride.I feel better than I have in years.My motivation comes from sp and my friends. When I think I am having it rough I read a blog and find some one else is having it rougher, but they are hanging in.If they can do it I can too. We are a family and we have to take care of each other. Remember to smile you're among family. emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/19/2012 8:16AM

    so so true--You motivate me Barb!--I keep telling you that--LOL-Lynda emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/19/2012 8:08AM

    Here's to your morning dose of "Motivation"!! Cheers! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 8:06AM

    I too, have never gotten support like I have on Sparks, which makes it a necessary part of my daily routine. To have met so many caring, compassionate people who have become passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others along the way by overcoming obstacles is truly amazing.
Spark on indeed!
Have a Fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 7:28AM

    I love the support you get on SP , way better than when I tried Weight Watchers many years ago- and SP is so much more informative.
Love reading the blogs of others, often so inspiring!

Spark on! emoticon

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The ABC's of motivation: mission

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today's word is mission. According to my trusty Webster's, one of the definitions of mission is "6 the special task or purpose for which a person is apparently destined in life; calling"

What harmony we have with goal-setting and goal-reaching in this little word! Notice how in the Spark, the first thing we do is identify our values? What is important to us? Why it is we desire to develop these healthier habits? Lose weight (if that indeed is part of what brought us here)?

Mission is all about the why! To be able to fulfil one's mission is a great motivation. Maintaining one's body and mind are part of being able to fulfil one's mission!

But what if you are at a point in life where you have no clue what your mission might be? Why not start figuring it out by developing self-nurturing, self-caring habits that will result in fitness for whatever reveals itself as your mission in life?

As the old Girl Scout motto says, "Be Prepared!"

That said, life is good. Having a purpose in living, priceless. "My mission is to Spark!" (at least for now)

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 2:52AM

    Another food for thought blog! Be prepared indeed. You are the Scout Leader here for sure!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/18/2012 9:43PM

    Right now my mission is to survive some stressful weeks at work. Hope we get a new manager soon. Doing double duty and then some is starting to take it's toll.

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2012 9:42PM

    Mission: yeah.

Becoming who we're meant to be. Which is a continuous process . . .

Mission is huge in sustaining motivation.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/18/2012 7:19PM

    Another great blog, Barb!! Yes, having a mission is very motivating. Being prepared for the opportunities that present is a very good point, too.

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DLDMIL 10/18/2012 2:55PM

    Well Said. Another great thought provoking blog. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/18/2012 11:06AM

    Sometimes we only find what our mission is when we take time to find ourselves. We can get so busy in every day activities we don't find ourselves because we are lost in others. Taking time to take care of ourselves including food, fitness, and spending some time alone with ourselves is so important.

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TAGSUIT2 10/18/2012 10:48AM

    Well said, always preparing for what's ahead and never looking back. I'm on a mission. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2012 10:26AM

    That's it! Be prepared! No matter what the mission is you still can accomplish it much better with healthy lifestyle habits. HUGS for this blog series, but I appreciate this one in particular! Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 10/18/2012 9:47AM

    Spot on!!!

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 9:05AM

    I don't know what my mission is right now, but I know I want to be fit enough and healthy enough that I can do whatever needs to be done.

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DNRAE1 10/18/2012 8:03AM

    My mission is to be "fit to do everything I want to do"! Great blog, Barb. emoticon

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